Notes on the Geography of Greece: Modern Athens: Photo 7
The tourist neighborhood may be grim, but farther from the Acropolis it's just downhill. Thomas Hall writes of Athens in Planning Europe's Capital Cities (1997). He says: "The town seems to stretch for miles and miles in a monotonous street network and with very little in the way of former villages or modern planned suburbs and green areas to relieve the dull impression. Developments in Athens during the twentieth century seem to be characterized perhaps more than in any of the other examples discussed in the present book, by a persisting libertarian attitude left over from the previous century; apart from a rectilinear street network, there seems to have been hardly any systematic control at all." What's that? Houston, you say?
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